Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Sun Apr 3 13:47:22 UTC 2005

Barbara Need wrote:

> >The sound spelled "g" in Spanish somewhat resembles the sound spelled
> >with the same letter in Dutch. Otherwise, the pronunciation of
> >Nicaragua in English is only trivially distinct from its
> >pronunciation in English. How does an English-speaker pronounce
> >"Nicaragua" in such a way as to sound pretentious?
> How about the British, [nI-k at -ra-gju-a]?

Pretentious, moi?

Michael Quinion
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